Palestinian fatally stabs 13-year-old Israeli girl in her West Bank home

 Palestinian-fatally-stabs-13-year-old-Israeli-girl-in-her-West-Bank-home. JERUSALEM, year-old Israeli girl was fatally stabbed in her home in a West Bank Jewish settlement in what Israeli police said was a terrorist attack by a Palestinian assailant.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, seen here in May, promised a “strong and determined” reaction to the fatal stabbing of a 13-year-old girl, allegedly by a Palestinian. Photo by Debbie Hill/UPI | License Photo

Hallel Yaffa Ariel was sleeping in her bedroom in Kiryat Arba, near Hebron, when she was stabbed, “many, many times. Mostly in her back,” officials said. The suspect wasshot and killed by police. He was identified as Mohammad Tra’ayra, a 19-year-old from a nearby Palestinian village. A 31-year-old security guard injured in the incidentwas being treated at a nearby hospital.

“After infiltrating the community, the terrorist entered a home and stabbed a teenage girl in her bedroom,” the Israeli army said in a statement. “Security personnel arrived at the home and shot the attacker.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised a “strong and determined” reaction to the attack.

“The horrifying murder of a young girl in her bed underscores the bloodlust and inhumanity of the incitement-driven terrorists that we are facing,” he said. “The entire nation deeply identifies with the family’s pain and declares to the murderers: You will not break us.We will continue to take strong and determined action against terrorism everywhere and at all times.”

Some 7,800 Israelis live in Kiryat Arba, near the Palestinian city of Hebron. Hebron is home about 200,000 Palestinians and about 500 Jewish residents who live in an Israeli settlement. It is near the holy site Israelis call the Cave of the Patriarchs and the Palestinians call the Ibrahimi Mosque.

The region has long been the site of violence. Since late 2015, Israeli forces have killed at least 198 Palestinians and Palestinians have killed 33 Israelis.

By Amy R. Connolly